Employers must ensure that drivers and operators they recruit permanently:
You may want to ask an occupational health practitioner for help in assessing an applicant's physical and mental fitness to drive.
At A Glance, published by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, gives more detailed guidance on assessing medical fitness to drive.
A competent worker is one who has the skills and knowledge to do their job safely. When you are recruiting new drivers and operators, ask yourself:
Think how you will assess and check these criteria, and do not take shortcuts. In a study of deaths and injuries involving site dumpers [PDF 1.99MB] , fewer than half of the employers had bothered to check the drivers’ competence. Never take for granted a person’s ability to do a task safely.
We recommend the same (or higher) standards that people need to drive on public roads should apply when you employ people to drive in the workplace: